City sneak past dogged Hoffenheim

City sneak past dogged Hoffenheim

City sneak past dogged Hoffenheim

City hit back nearly immediately when Silva's pass split the Hoffenheim defence and found Leroy Sane who put Aguero into space to tap home the equaliser on eight minutes.

The Spanish playmaker nipped in sharply to dispossess Hoffenheim's Stefan Posch, before rifling the ball into the back of the net to secure all three points for the Premier League champions.

The game would end in a 2-1 win for the Citizens, a result which sees them go second in Group F behind Lyon. Still, they can take heart from their Champions League debut in mid-September, a 2-2 draw away to Shakhtar Donetsk.

"I am pretty sure what we have learnt here will be good for us in the future", he said. "You can not make the next steps if you don't suffer or live this kind of experience, where you have to fight against everything".

It may be a stretch to say the loss to Lyon had derailed City's bid for the most sought-after trophy in European football, but it certainly cast further doubts over their pedigree in this tournament. Ilkay Gundogan gets a start, while Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling support Sergio Aguero.

At 31, Nagelsmann is the youngest coach in Champions League history, and he is relishing the opportunity to test himself against Guardiola.

It seemed as if Guardiola's men would be deprived of the win when Sane was clearly brought down in the penalty area in the second half when rounding goalkeeper Oliver Baumann but no penalty was awarded.

"As I said, it's not easy to approach his style of play, but I have a few ideas".

Yet they kept their patience and Silva's quick thinking, robbing central defender Stefan Posch in the box and shooting home a sharp victor took them on to three points in the group.

Silva is highly likely to feature from the start against the Reds and supporters will hope he can continue to deliver the goods to help drive the team towards a crucial three points. They are a team in form and at Anfield, we know this will be a hard game for us, but I think this City side has shown in the past that we are always up for these games'.

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